A talent is a natural endowment of a person. It is an ability that one has. We all
have this special ability, but we are not always so good at identifying what it is.
Every single child is gifted and every child has challenges. Every child is an individual, with special social, emotional, intellectual, and physical qualities. Children are unique. They are individuals and no two children are alike. They are unique in their own way and this must be understood by their parents and teachers and consequently their individuality needs to be respected.
Even a young child with a gift for visual thinking might draw pictures well. He can use line, shape, and colour to communicate ideas to draw a masterpiece. Thus drawing, painting, diagramming, mapping might be the ways through which this young child expresses himself best. By inventing different ways to explore a subject and providing many ways to express themselves, all children should be given at a few chances to express themselves in the areas they are interested in.
Talents need openings to develop. If no opportunity arises for a skill to flourish, it may remain suppressed throughout a child’s formative years, after which it may be too late to develop it to its full potential. It’s important to provide a plethora of opportunities for the child so that his hidden inherent talent can blossom. It can be done by introducing the child to different topics, games, skills and activities and then provide him /her help to pursue them.
Praise and encouragement go a long way in developing a child’s recognized talents. Let the child feel that elders around him/her are proud of his/her abilities. They must show their interest in the subject of their passion. Elders should look out for opportunities for him/her to demonstrate his/her skills. Parents should provide alternate resources and other support such as courses, competitions and equipment.
When nurturing a talent in the child, every opportunity should be taken to broaden and enrich his/her understanding of the subject, as this will guide and inspire him/her. A talent can be converted into a profession if it is worth pursuing and can also be enjoyed. So if a child is drawn towards it, it’s a natural talent. He/she should be encouraged to pursue it. Let the child explore projects and games that involve patterns, matching and experiments to ignite curiosity in the child.
Verbal proficiency can be an early sign of a gifted child. It is also a key to success in other aspects of life. The child should be encouraged to write letters to family and friends. He/she should be encouraged to visit play centres specifically designed for hands on exploration. As parents/mentors, we need to encourage the child’s creativity in whatever form it takes. Provide a budding artist with plenty of materials to stretch his/her imagination. Experiment with science projects. Play music and sing songs. Take the child to play and concerts listen to their fantastic tales and provide props for their performances.
A child’s success in life is largely based on his happiness and sense of accomplishment. Let him explore his choices and interest and become what he wants be with your support, guidance and motivation.